Feast

Feast (2005)

Feast first published by Film4 Summary: John Gulager’s feature debut is a monster movie with genre-savvy bite to match its big, blood-stained teeth.    Review: “C’mon, gimme some action!”, yells Bozo (Balthazar Getty), an all-round ‘asshole’ looking for yet another sucker to hustle at pool in the local redneck bar – and action is not long in coming….

The Descent Part 2

The Descent: Part 2 (2009)

The Descent: Part 2 first published by Sight & Sound, December 2009 Review: Neil Marshall‘s The Descent (2005), at least in its full UK version (curtailed slightly but significantly for US audiences), closed with a cliffhanger. It was not just that its protagonist Sarah Carter (Shauna MacDonald) was last glimpsed clinging for dear life to…

Minore

Minore (2023)

Minore had its European première on Sat 26th Aug at FrightFest Some way into Konstantinos Koutsoliotas’ Minore, an elderly grandmother (Efi Papatheodorou) visits the psychologist Dr Lakis Portokalakis (Alexandros Romanos Lizardos) in his office, sent there by her family to get help for the ‘unsavoury dreams’ that have been keeping her up at night. Alarmed…

How To Kill Monsters

How To Kill Monsters (2023)

How To Kill Monsters had its world première on Fri 25th Aug at FrightFest It begins with the end. Jamie Lancaster (Lyndsey Craine) emerges from a cabin in the woods, with her Little Red Riding Hood costume bathed in blood and a chainsaw purring in her hands. She is a classic final girl – the…

Walking Against The Rain

Walking Against The Rain (2022)

Walking Against The Rain first published by SciFiNow Scott Lyus’ Walking Against The Rain opens with text which sounds like a quote from the Biblical Book of Revelation (although it is in fact of the filmmaker’s invention), about the defiant ones knowing ‘great pain’, and beasts risen from the abyss to destroy men while leaving…

The Tank

The Tank (2023)

“He’s not a lizard, he’s an amphibian, like some of the oldest, baddest dinosaurs,” says pet shop owner and trainee veterinarian Jules Adams (Luciane Buchanan) in a scene from near the beginning of The Tank. It is 1978, Jules is explaining to her seven-year-old daughter Reia (Zara Nausbaum) – who would rather be at an…

Bermuda Island

Bermuda Island (2023)

Bermuda Island (2023) Most of Adam Werth’s Bermuda Island may be set in the location of the title, where a planeload of pilots, passengers, flight attendants and FBI personnel has crash-landed in a freak storm en route from the United States to San Juan, Puerto Rico – but the film begins on the mean streets…

Are We Monsters

Are We Monsters (2021)

Are We Monsters first published by VODzilla.co “I wonder what comes after this,” says Michael (Justin Hayward) in the opening scene of Are We Monsters, in what is clearly for him the beginning of something new as much as the end of an era. Michael and his family have for generations been hunting and killing…

Ghosts of the Ozarks

Ghosts of the Ozarks (2021)

Ghosts of the Ozarks has its international première at Grimmfest Easter Edition 2022 In 1866, America was a scarred country which, having just emerged from the violent divisions of Civil War, was in need of healing. As a young physician who had served the Union as a field surgeon, African-American James McCune (Thomas Hobson) might…

The Head Hunter

The Head Hunter (2018)

The Head Hunter first published by Little White Lies, as entry 126 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Shhh, it’s ok,” the Father (Christopher Rygh) reassures his sleepy young Daughter (Cora Kaufman) in her makeshift tent of twigs, at the beginning of The Head Hunter. Something ferocious has invaded the perimeter of their snowy encampment, but…